It’s important that you spend time putting together a good Proposal. It doesn't have to belong, but it needs to fully address the needs of the buyer. Begin by identifying the key specifics of the project:
2. Time frame
3. Skills required
Here are some other top tips!
- Get in quick! Submit your proposal quickly as this can put you at an advantage over other Freelancers. Sign up to receive daily email alerts about new projects with the saved search feature. Most buyers are likely to start reviewing the Proposals in the order they arrive and they might make a decision before they’ve got to the end.
- Apply for projects that match your skills. Sounds obvious but sending Proposals for projects that you have the most experience will give you a good chance of success.
- Don't be put off by the indicated budgets. The budgets are provided as a guideline but they aren't set in stone. If you think it is a project you can do well, but the budget indicated is lower than you would normally work for, then demonstrate your worth to the buyers in your Proposal. Often buyers aren't really sure what budget is reasonable, or they are willing to pay more for top talent.
- Provide samples of your work. Where possible provide great examples of your skills relevant to the project by including samples with your Proposal or directing buyers to your up to date PPH portfolio.
- Ask questions. If something isn't clear in the buyer's project description, don’t be afraid to ask for further information via the clarification board, so there is clarity from the beginning.
- Tailor your Proposal to the project and the buyer:
- Price realistically: Most PeoplePerHour buyers value quality, speed, and reliability over price. Make sure to price your services that reflect your worth/ skills/ experience. You also need to make sure you price your services correctly to cover your own overheads and make the project worth your time.
- Sell yourself...but never over-promise. Make sure you add some salesmanship to your Proposal: above all, why should they pick you? But also, make sure that you don't over-promise what you can do.